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legal limbo. that's where same-sex marriage is inle california this morning after another federal court ruling. family horror. police hold the mother of two young boys found dead in a car pulled from a south carolina river. and what lies beneath. a new study of the gulf spill says 80 respect about of the oil may still be there hurricaning under the surface. this is the cbs morning news for oig for tuesday, august 17th, this is the cbs morning news for oig for tuesday, august 17th, 2010. captioning funded by cbs thanks for joining us, i'm emily smith. it's back to the waiting game if same-sex couples who want to be marrieded in california. that's the decision of a three judge panel that says the appeals process should be allowed to run its course. and that's likely to take the issue all the way to the u.s. supreme court. whit johnson is in washington
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with more. >> reporter: good morning. a ruling on gay marriage in california has been in stop and go traffic for nearly two years now. and the final destination is once again uncertain. same-sex couples in california will not be able to walk down the aisle anytime soon. >> as soon as the news came out, i was very like, oh, we're waiting again. >> reporter: a federal appeals court monday blocked the unions until it rules on proposition 8. the state's ban on same-sex marriage. judge vaughn walker overturned the voter approved ban earlier this month and just last week, he issued a ruling that would have allowed gay and lesbian couples to tie the knot begins tomorrow. >> of course i'm upset. i didn't know. >> reporter: many believe the issue will. >>en eventually be skied here at the u.s. supreme court.
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andy, a lawyer defending the ban, says he's happy with the court's decision about. >> even though items not the final word yet, we still have appeals to go through, but for the time being, vote the people has been upheld. >> reporter: as for those couples whose wedding plans are now on hold in-definitely, they refuse to give up. >> i know ultimately we'll get full rights and marriage equality will come to california. >> reporter: a ruling isn't expected before next year. the appeals court gave no reason for monday's decision, but attorneys for proposition 8 argued allowing those marriages to move forward while the case is still on appeal would only create a messy legal situation down the road. emily? >> whit johnson in washington. thanks, whit. a south carolina mother is in police custody this morning after the bodies of her two young sons were found in a car submerged in a river. police are trying to determine if it was a tragic accident or not. it happened monday near orangeburg, about 70 miles northwest of clarl son.
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terrell brown has the story. >> reporter: rescue crews in orangeburg, south carolina, found two young boys still strapped in their car seats as they pulled their mother's car from the edisto river monday morning. the toddlers are identified as 18 mond ol ja'van tully oig and 2-year-old brother devean. the boy's mother, shaquan duley, is being held on the charge of leaving the scene of an accident. her car was found underwater near a rural boat landing. >> she left the location, she walked away from the vehicle, maybe three-quarters of a mile away. >> reporter: that's when police say she flagged down a highway troop forehelp because she didn't have a cell phone. investigators want to know what caused the car to veer into the river in the first place and whether this was an accident. police say the mother showed some emotion, but was not overly distraught. they also believe there are holes in her story. monday's incident is early reminiscent to another south carolina case. back in 1994, susan smith made headlines after she claimed she
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was car jacked by a man who drove away with her sons. >> and this black guy came up and just opened the door and jumped in the car. >> reporter: smith made countless pleas on tv for the kidnapper to return her sons. she eventually confessed tole roing her car into a nearby lake, her young children still inside 37 whether or not it thoo this new case is a repeat of the smith saga is yet to be determined. the coroner says she will not speculate on a cause of death until autopsies are completed tuesday when the sheriff says more charges could be coming. terrell brown, cbs news, new york. shrimping season is under way in the gulf of mexico and so far shrimpers report good catches and clean looking shrimp. but a new report on the bp oil spill is worrisome. on the surface, gulf waters seem clear and federal officials say only about a quarter of the spilled oil remains. but a study by scientists at the university of georgia says that's wrong, up to 80% of the oil still lurks under way. in a sharp break with president obama, harry reid has
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come out against building that much debated mosque near the world trade center site. reid is in a such election year fight in nevada and like his republican opponent, he states his opposition to the mosque while giving a nod to religious freedom. >> constitution gives us freedom of religion. i think that it's very obvious that the mosque should be built someplace else. >> the hundred million dollar mosque and islamic center would be built two blocks from ground zero. in iraq this morning, one of the deadliest attacks in weeks. a suicide bomber possibly two targeted an army recruitment center in baghdad. iraqi police say at least 41 soldiers and recruits were killed and 119 wounded. the attack comes as u.s. forces prepare to end combat operations in iraq later this month. israel's military and pal less takenian government officials are angry over two
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pictures posted on a facebook website. they show a smiling female israeli soldier bound and blind folded palestinian prisoners. a spokesman says it shows israeli troops are proud of humiliating palestinians and called the photos disgraceful. just one person was killed when a jetliner crashed on an island off colombia and the island's governor is calling it a mering a xem the boeing 737 crashed and broke into three pieces as it landed in a thunderstorm monday. of the 131 i'm on board, one, a 68-year-old woman, died. while there were many injury, just five were seriously hurt including one of four americans on the plane. on the cbs "moneywatch," a mixed morning for stocks in asia. ashley morrison is here with that and more. >> reporter: good morning. well, asian markets were lackluster. the nikkei lost just a fraction closing at an eighth month low while the hang seng was mostly lower. today wall street will get the very latest on inflation and
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housing starts. on monday, stocks broke their four day losing streak, but just barely. the dow most a point while the nasdaq gained eight. general motors is getting closer to becoming a publicly traded company again. the automaker is expected to file paperwork as early as today for initial public offering of stock. gn received $50 billion in taxpayer aid last year in exchange for 61% of the company. the stock sale would repay at least some of that investments. last week the company reported a $1.3 billion quarterly profit. small businesses may soon find it easier to get a loan. a federal reserve survey says banks have loosened credit standards for small businesses for the first time in nearly four years. the fed defineses small businesses as any firm with yearly sales of less than $50 million. sdwhoo well, more americans are behind on their mortgage payments. trans union says from april through june, 6.67% of customers fell behind 60 days or more.
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that's up from around 5.8% last year and well above the normal 1.5% to 2%. plastic is off the menu at a agreeing number of restaurants. more and more restaurants and bars will only accept cash as they try to avoid paying credit card fees in a struggling economy. it's estimated that at least 5% of overall restaurant sales go to the credit card companies. and if you think money just means more problems, well, you might be right. a new study found the more dependent a pan is on his partner's income, the more likely he is to cheat on her. and a man who makes no income at all is five times more likely to cheat than if they earned equal money. for women, the opposite is true. the more a woman depends on her partner, the less likely she is to stray. i don't know but, but that doesn't make sense to me. if i'm with someone who make nos money, then ter's going to cheat on me too? doesn't sound like a fair deal. >> yeah, i'm shaking my head. oh, boy. thanks, ashley, here in new
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indiana's wabash river has been invaded by asian carp which leap high out of the water and even land in boats. it can be dangerous for boaters and are bad for the environment as they quickly reproduce. even if these guys didn't seem to mind. a man and woman in alaska are accused of domestic terrorism for having a hit list. paul and nadia pleaded guilty to making false statements to the fbi. authorities say paul believed in
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a violent jihad promoting ideology. officials did not reveal the names on the list. the couple will be sentenced next week. no charges will be filed against the driver in the off owed oig racing crash saturday that killed eight people. as the video shows, spectators were too cho to the racing vehicles. the federal bureau of land management is conducting a safety review of the accident which took place on land owned by the federal government. a cancer scare for actor michael douglas. douglas has a tumor in his throat and will undergo radiation and chemotherapy. the ons car winning actor's treatment is scheduled to last eight week. his doctors say they expect the 65-year-old douglass to make a full recovery. douglas said in a statement that he's, quote, very optimistic. a 4-year-old arizona boy is safe and has been reunited with his family. the boy was found monday by rescuers on on horse back in a steep canyon a few miles away from his home in central arizona. he had been missing for about 18 hours after disappearing sunday
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night while playing with his older brother in a tree house behind their house. his family was very happy to have him back. >> when the rescuers found him and they called him travis, his response was, how did you know my name. >> my legs went to jello. i had to sit back down, i was like, thank god. it was the best month. >> travis was checked out at a nearby hospital and was about in good spirits and appeared uninjured. straight ahead, your tuesday morning weather. and in sports, first blood at the new giants and jets stadium. hey, you made your own lunch. yep! (mom) i'm so proud of you. the bus is here, gotta go mom. okay hunny, have a great day. look in your bag, made you something. (announcer) it's more than just that great peanut taste, choosing jif is a simple way to show someone
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80s and 90s. the heat continues for the west and scattered thunderstorms are likely across the southern plains. if sports, the new york giants won their first preseason game in the new giants and jets stadium. brandon jacobs of the giants started the scoring as they beat the jets 31-16. in the second quarter, giants quarterback eli manning got hit hard and it took 12 stitches to close a gash on his head. in baseball, it's all even at the stop top of the american league east. with the score tied in the eighth inning, carlos pena singled in a run. the win moves the rays in to a first place tie with the yankees. and in the ninth in houston, a triple off the wall against the astros. that scored a run and new york beat houston 3-1. and mets relief pitch every francisco rodriguez is out for the rest of the season. the all-star closer tore a ligament in his thumb when he allegedly hit his girlfriend's
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on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. the southwest will see soaking storms. the northeast enjoy as drier day. and much of the west continues to sizzle. p its will be in the 80s and ninth, parts of the plains will see cloudy skies. here's another look at this morning's top stories. wedding plans for same-sex couples in california are on hold again this morning. a federal appeals court said they'll have to wait while it decides whether the state's voter approved ban on same-sex marriage is constitutional.
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and south carolina police are holding a 29-year-old woman whose two young sons were found dead in her car when this was pulled from a river. >> the pentagon confirmses that robert gates plans to retire next year. gates served under two presidents. in an interview published monday, he said he's leaving in 2011 makes sense, it would give him time to oversee the major offensive in afghanistan but bow out before the next presidential election. meanwhile, retired general standly mcchrystal plans to teach at yale university. in july, mcchrystal was fired from his post as commander of the war in afghanistan after making despaiisparaging remarkst president obama in a "rolling stone" magazine interview. sglu now to the stimulus bill. it was signed by president obama exactly 18 months ago. today the bill is designed to jump-start the economy and create jobs, but today millions remain unspent. nancy cordes takes a closer look. >> reporter: by the end of next
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month, the federal government will have awarded all of its stum list fund, $862 billion worth, to local governments around the country. but it's in those states and cities that the money is running into road blocks. >> sure, i'm frustrated with that. >> reporter: that's democratic congressman james clyburn, a supporter of the stimulus. complaining about the slow pace of stimulus spending in his home state of south carolina. >> there is a big difference in what we did here in washington and how it gets where the rubber meets the road out in these communities. >> reporter: take the cash strapped district of columbia, which has spent less than half of the roughly $1 billion stimulus dollar it is received. the city got $14 million to repair run down pennsylvania avenue, but only $4 million has gone out the door. >> when you invest in long term projects, you have proper planning. it is simply not spent for the sake of spending. >> reporter: some cities are still trying to figure out what to do with the money.
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others are struggling to and a half gate the bidding and permit process. that's why 18 months after the president signed the stimulus bill into law, the u.s. department of energy has pledged $30.2 billion worth of stimulus grantses and contracts, but only paid out $6.2 billion. >> the stimulus bill has been an utter failure even by the administration's own standards. >> reporter: the white house argueses that stimulus funds for infrastructure projects were always expected to go out slower than the billions in unemployment benefits and tax cuts. >> it's just as if you were to hire a contract to work on your home. you don't give them that final check until they're done. and i don't think the american taxpayer would want it any other way. >> reporter: but polls so he american taxpayers aren't sure the stimulus working and democratic arguments that the economy would be worse without it are a hard sell when unemployment hovers at 9.5%. nancy cordes, cbs news, washington. i'm emily smith and this is the "cbs morning news."
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my job is to hunt it down. i'm fred lemond, and i'm in charge of bp's efforts to remove oil from these waters. bp has taken full responsibility for the cleanup and that includes keeping you informed. you may have heard that oil is no longer flowing into the gulf, but our spotter planes and helicopters will keep searching for any oil. we use satellite images, infrared and thermal photography to map and target the oil. we're finding less oil every day, but we've still got thousands of vessels ready to clean it up. local shrimp and fishing boats, organized into task forces and strike teams. plus, specialized skimmers from around the world. we've skimmed over 35 million gallons of oil/water mixture and removed millions more with other methods. i grew up on the gulf coast and i love these waters. as long as there's oil out there that could make it ashore, i'm gonna do everything i can to stop it. bp's commitment is that we will see this through. and we'll be here as long as it takes to clean up the gulf.
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good morning. pepco will be questioned today. the commission wants answers about pepco's performance during the recent severe weather and the puc will examine storm preparedness. same-sex marriages are on
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hold indefinitely. it is considering a decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage. last week, a lower court judge issued a ruling that would have allowed same-sex marriages to resume beginning on wednesday. dc mayor fenty is scheduled too receive political support from the big apple. new york mayor bloomberg is expected to support the incumbent at a press conference. after he was elected in 2006 he turned to his counterpart for guidance involving revamping the school system. what's in store for tuesday. >> a decent day today. less humidity. it is a little humid this morning but it will break later today. i want to go back to yesterday and say a bigamist in the forecast. didn't get the storms to come in. >> i was happy. >> i think we will take it after recent power outages.
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lower to mid-70s in washington immediate vicinity and just outside. west of here, shenandoah valley, culpeper you are dealing with thick fog. 63 that way. 70-degree temperatures. we will talk more about big time rain and there is no doubt about this one coming in. we missed the storms yesterday but we are running in to a lot of moisture tomorrow. >> weather is dry for now. how are the roads? looking like we are waking up to construction going on. should be clearing in the next half hour or so. 50 westbound watch for it at 301. only the left lane is getting by. 270 northbound at germantown road. also a little roadwork on the side of the road. in virginia, manassas, 66 eastbound though beltway. back to you. if you are heading to the beach this month there's a danger you should know about and it is not sharks or the
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rough surf but sand. >> specifically digging holes in the sand. they say it can be a hazard for you and your family. the holes can save in a flash. >> reporter: 12-year-old lena was playing at the beach in ocean city, maryland last summer when a day of fun in the sun nearly turned tragic. reno was digging a tunnel in the sand when suddenly it collapsed, trapping him underneath. >> like he was buried. couldn't pull him out. >> reporter: life guards were able to dig him free but he was pulled out unconscious with no vital signs. >> he was clinically dead. >> reporter: after performing cpr, reno eventually came to. >> you are digging a hole one minute and then. >> waking up in the doctor's office. >> reporter: as it turns out the case is hardly an isolated
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incident. this man has been patrolling the beach for 37 years. >> a parent never thinks they are digging a hole for their kid. >> they never think of the consequences. >> reporter: sand holes can be stable one minute, any vibration, even someone walking by can cause it to collapse. >> the sand looks light and fluffy but if it collapses on you, how heavy it is? >> hundreds of pounds. >> reporter: reno's sand hole digging days is behind him. >> something you think is innocent can be potentially harmful and take your child's life in you in front of your eyes. from the first local station with news in high definition, this is 9 news now. good morning. welcome to 9 news now. today is august 17th. i'm andrea roane. >> i'm brett haber. thank you for waking

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